Raise It For Health Advocacy Day at the Statehouse
On Jan. 30, join leaders from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana, Tobacco Free Indiana, and supporting organizations to advocate for change. Together, we can give state lawmakers a glimpse of how many Hoosiers want them to raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack. At the Statehouse rally, you can to talk directly with lawmakers, our campaign leadership, and youth advocates. Although there is no cost for the event. registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.
Smoke Free St. Joe is your resource for the latest information surrounding the political and legislative landscape of our state in regards to tobacco control.
We are a local coalition of health organizations, civic groups, businesses, schools, and individuals. As a provider of evidence-based data on the burden of tobacco in our community, our focus is on improving the quality of life for all, and providing ways for you to get involved.
Why it matters
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “research concludes that cigarette smoking is a significant predictor of both the possibility and the frequency of other drug use. This research suggests that higher cigarette prices, by discouraging smoking among youth, could significantly reduce youth and adult drinking and illicit drug use.”
- Another study indicated that 95% of opioid-dependent clients (including heroin addicts) were also addicted smokers.
- In 2015, 529 Hoosiers died from opioid overdoses. More than 11,000 Hoosiers died from smoking-caused illnesses.
- We can fight this addiction crisis by raising the cigarette tax by $2.00.